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THE ARCHETYPAL PATTERN OF THE WOUNDED HEALER: A Repeat Seminar For Professional Caregivers of All Kinds

  • Friday, October 23, 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • The Library at the Jung Society of Washington, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20016
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Friday, October 23


James Hollis

Sponsored by The Jungian 

Analysts of Washington 

Exploring the personal and ethical challenges in professional caregiving, this three-hour workshop is designed for caregivers of all kinds, including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, medical specialists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and clergy.

As C.G. Jung once observed, only the wounded healer can heal. Only the person who has suffered, come to an enlarged consciousness through that suffering, and then relates out of a more assimilated woundedness can have a healing effect.  

The highest percentage of persons in the caregiving professions come from troubled backgrounds and may unconsciously be seeking personal healing through their choice of profession. This program examines intra-psychic dynamics commonly found among caregivers and provides tools for participants to identify 1) the psychodynamics active in the choice and practice of their profession and 2) the typical setups for ethical transgression to which the wounded healer is predisposed. 

This workshop will combine lecture and discussion.  

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland, and executive director of the Jung Society of Washington.  The author of 14 books, he teaches at the Jung Society of Washington and is a distinguished faculty member of the Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. 


3 APA CEs in Ethics for Psychologists, Advanced Level 
3 NASW Ethics Contact Hours 


Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to: 

1.  Enumerate at least three recurring patterns of perception and behavior expressed by the archetype of the wounded healer

2. Identify those dynamics, characteristically found in caregivers’ family backgrounds, that provide unconscious motivation in the choice of caregiving as a profession. 

3. Describe the psychological risks that befall the wounded healer who lives daily amid the wounds of others. 

4. Delineate at least three recurring patterns in the practice of caregiving that place the wounded healer at risk for ethical transgression. 


Hollis, James, Creating a Life:  Finding Your Individual Path, Inner City Books, Toronto, 2001. 
Sedgwick, David, The Wounded Healer: Countertransference from a Jungian Perspective, Routledge, New York, 1994.

This program is sponsored by the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association (JAWA). JAWA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JAWA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


For further information in regard to APA CEs contact:

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D.

JAWA Director of Education

1228 17th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036



5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016


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The Jung Society of Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a nonprofit educational institution. Our IRS form 990 is available upon request. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
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